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<c Experts endeavour to explain to us that the lack of help for Warsaw is
due to difficulties of a technical nature. Calculation of loss and profit are
put forward. The loss of twenty-seven aircraft over Warsaw in the space
of one month means little to the Allied Air Forces, which possess several
score of thousands of planes of all kinds and types at their disposal. If
figures have to be mentioned, let us recall that, during the battle of London,
Polish airmen suffered losses amounting to over forty per cent. In the
efforts to aid Warsaw, the losses in aircraft and crews have been fifteen per
cent.
" For the past five years the Home Army has been fighting against the
Germans without respite, in conditions so appalling that they surpass the
limits of comprehension by the western world and will only be adequately
understood and appreciated in the future. The Home Army does not pause
to count its wounds, its sacrifices and its graves.
" The Home Army is the only military force in Poland which can be
taken into account. The balance-sheet of its battles, its achievements and
victories is crystal clear. That is the truth which has been long concealed
lest somewhere, someone, strong and powerful, should frown in anger.
This truth is, nevertheless, finding its way to the surface, and no artful
hand is now able to conceal the light thrown by the burning city of Warsaw.
" Warsaw is waiting—not for empty words of praise, not for approval,
not for assurances of pity and sympathy. She is waiting for arms and
ammunition. She does not ask in the manner of a poor relative, for crumbs
from the lordly table; she demands the means to fight—in the knowledge
of the provisions of the Alliance and the obligations contained therein.
" Warsaw is fighting and waiting. The soldiers of the Home Army, the
workmen and intellectuals, girls and children—all. The whole Nation is
fighting, having, in its passionate yearning for the truth, liberty and victory,
achieved the miracle of complete unity.
"" * If the population of Warsaw were to perish for the lack of adequate aid
under the ruins of its houses—if it were to be abandoned to mass slaughter
through passivity, indifference or cold calculation—then the world's
conscience would be burdened with a frightful wrong, a wrong unprece-
dented in history. There are qualms of conscience which kill.
" Your heroic Commander is accused of a lack of foresight in not having
anticipated a sudden halt of the Soviet offensive at the gates of Warsaw.
No other tribunal but that of history will pass judgment on this question.
We are confident of the ultimate sentence. Reproach is made to the Poles
for their alleged lack of co-ordination, in their fight, with the general
operational plans in Eastern Europe. If needed, we will prove how many
of our endeavours to achieve such co-ordination were in vain. For five
years the Home Army has been systematically accused of passivity and of
feigning combat against the Germans. To-day, it is being accused of
fighting too much and too well. Every Polish soldier could well repeat
to himself the line of Wyspianski's poem :
"..............vileness, lies,
I know them, know them only too well."
** We are continuing in our efforts here to find assistance for you. We
are still receiving promises. We believe in them and we are confident that
this faith will not be taken away from the Polish Armed Forces—particularly
on the eve of victory and of the triumph of the Allies common cause.
" I wish to give you an assurance in the name of your brothers who are
fighting now on all the fronts in the world, that their deepest concern and
their loving thoughts accompany you faithfully in your stern and glorious
battle. May this knowledge aid to alleviate, however slightly, the burden
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